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An interactive puzzle novel written by Mike Selinker, with enchanting illustrations by Pete Venters.
An interactive puzzle novel written by Mike Selinker, with enchanting illustrations by Pete Venters.
An interactive puzzle novel written by Mike Selinker, with enchanting illustrations by Pete Venters.
2,630 backers pledged $171,146 to help bring this project to life.

48 hours to go: Might I interest you in an audio treasure trove?


We've had great response for The Maze of Games audiobook collection, which has grown to include even more great audio material. We're very excited with the results so far, but just in case you don't think we've given you enough reasons to part with 25 more of your highly valued dollars, let me enumerate how cool this package is:

  • You get 60 files of Wil Wheaton's stellar narration of the book. It's really as funny, touching, and enjoyable as anything I've listened to. Plus you'll get a "solved" version that you can listen to in the most sensible order, if you're into that sort of thing.
  • You get songs from the book sung by Paul & Storm, Marian Call, and Kirby Krackle. 
  • You get chapter themes from composer Austin Wintory.
  • You get new covers from artist Pete Venters and designer Elisa Teague.
  • You get turn-of-the-last-century Audiophonic Conundrucopia puzzles from musical puzzlemakers Gaby Weidling, Dan Katz, Francis Heaney, and Brendan Emmett Quigley, and me, plus beatboxer/vocal artist Kid Beyond. Plus, if we fund at a few higher stretch goals, you'll also get puzzles from composer Greg Pliska, lyricist Amanda Yesnowitz, documentary filmmaker Eric Chaikin, and alt-folk legend John Wesley Harding. That's an amazing set of audio-inclined puzzlemakers, and we think you'll love the results. (The Audiophonic Conundrucopia will ship several months after the audiobook.)
  • Even if you haven't backed the audiobook, you can still solve all of these audio campaign puzzles: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6. Puzzle 7, the metapuzzle, is on the way.

If you already have a hardback or ebook coming, or just a copy of the PDF, you can solve along and get a full audiovisual solving experience. Here's a taste of Wil's version of The Maze of Games, narrating the section about the Orc Scouts.

We really like this package we're putting together, and we hope you'll take advantage of the opportunity to get it in these last 48 hours. Thanks for listening.

Shipping, PDFs, and soundtracks

We've shipped all but 16 physical orders, and those should be out by Wednesday. We'll make sure all orders that have shipped are marked as such in the next few days. This will only leave us those orders that are ebook only. We hope to have those out by the end of August, though we're still awaiting a final date from our dear friends at Puzzazz.

We got most of the PDFs out, when Gumroad's uploading capability unceremoniously broke down. We're in communication with Gumroad, and they hope to figure it out shortly. If it doesn't happen in the next day or two, we will find another way to get the PDF to the couple hundred backers of hardbacks and ebooks who didn't get it.

Meantime, Austin Wintory's soundtrack is nearly completed. The orchestral tracks and vocals have been recorded, and now all that remains is the mixing and file prep. And… some other stuff, but we don't want to give any spoilers. Here's a Vine of singer Holly Sedillos just killing it in Austin's studio.

The soundtrack is amazing. I call it "avant-classical," because it's got fascinating time signatures and harmonic elements, yet is still pretty darn catchy. It's going to be great, and it's not far away.

Gen Con and PAX Prime

Our next two stops in the Maze of Games tour are Gen Con and PAX Prime. We will have books and signings at both conventions. Our Gen Con signings will be at the Paizo booth (publishers of our Pathfinder Adventure Card Game) in the weekend of August 14-17, while our PAX signings will be at the Uncle's Games booth from August 29-September 1. We hope to see you there.

And as a reminder, the hardback book is available on Penny Arcade's store. Jerry "Tycho" Holkins wrote a nice (if profane) thing about it today. Plus we got some excellent buzz from the Seattle-area newspaper The Bellevue Reporter (check out that headline!). All in all, we're very happy at the reception our homegrown puzzle project has garnered. Thanks, as always, for supporting The Maze of Games.

Mike and the Sharks


    1. John Lacy on August 6, 2014

      oh, yay ^_^ glad I wasn't that crazy then

    2. Lone Shark Games 5-time creator
      on August 6, 2014

      S: We hope to have everyone's shipping notifications done in the next day or two.

    3. Auros Harman on August 6, 2014

      John, there *is* supposed to be a solvable version coming. The shipping section above says it should be available by the end of August, pending confirmation from Puzzazz (which, IIRC, is the app platform that the solvable eBook will run on top of).

    4. John Lacy on August 5, 2014

      Seems the mistake was my own, I was thinking that it would be more than a PDF. Saw the 'solvable' and made an assumption, my mistake there. Though it was to be an interactive document/program.

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      S on August 5, 2014

      Is there a way to check on an individual's shipping status? I haven't received any shipping info by email. Thanks.

    6. Lone Shark Games 5-time creator
      on August 5, 2014

      See above under the "Shipping" headline.

    7. John Lacy on August 5, 2014

      Any word on the solveable e book version?

    8. Lone Shark Games 5-time creator
      on August 5, 2014

      Sorry, no. They are still not yet printed, but will be very soon. I should have mentioned that above.

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      Mike Frank
      on August 5, 2014

      Does the "We've shipped all but 16 physical orders" include the art prints? Love the book, still waiting for the print.